Tips on how to write an article
What is an article?
• A piece of writing usually intended for publication in a newspaper, magazine or journal • It is written for a wide audience, so it is essential to attract and retain the readers’ attention • It may include amusing stories, reported speech and descriptions • It can be formal or informal, depending on the target audience • It should be written in an interesting or entertaining manner • It should give opinions and thoughts, as well as facts
• It is in a less formal style than a report
An article can:
• describe an experience, event, person or place
• present an opinion or balanced argument
• compare and contrast
• provide information
• offer suggestions
• offer advice
An article should consist of:
1. An eye-catching title which attracts the readers’ attention and suggests the theme of the article. (Think about why you read a magazine or newspaper article recently - what made you read it?) Articles can also have subheadings before each paragraph.
2. An introduction which clearly defines the topic to be covered and keeps the reader’s attention.
3. The main body of two to five paragraphs in which the topic is further developed in detail.
4. The conclusion - summarising the topic or a final opinion, recommendation or comment.
• consider where the article is going to appear (newspaper, magazine etc).
• consider who the intended readers are - a specific group such as students, teenagers, or adults. The article could be formal, semi-formal or informal, depending on your intended audience.
• consider what the aim of the article is - to advise, suggest, inform, compare and contrast, describe, etc.
These three points are the deciding factors in the layout of your article, its style, language and level of formality.
A title is absolutely necessary when writing an article, and should be a concise summary of...
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